Attending Orientation is a rite of passage for first-year university students. Along with sorting out the essentials at Student Central (hello parking permit and ID card), the week is an exciting and valuable opportunity to gain insight into the degree you have chosen to study and meet some of the people you’ll be learning alongside.
It’s well known that UON’s annual Festival of Autonomy is one of the largest events on the student calendar. The week-long celebration marking the declaration of UON as an independent tertiary institution separated from UNSW is packed with various activities, exhibitions and performances all culminating in the legendary extravaganza of Autonomy Party. Parallel to past international social and political movements, …
Upsides of studying at home: Pyjamas, privacy, peace and quiet, Netflix, bed… Downside of studying at home: How much study did you actually do? Trekking to campus can sometimes be an effort, but the atmosphere of studying around other students has a tendency to switch you from procrastination into productive mode. Or maybe you don’t want to study near other …
We’ve all been there; a scary boss you don’t know how to talk to about your uni timetable. You can’t ghost in the shadows forever though. Eventually you’re going to have to tell them when you can and can’t work – and put your foot down if you need to study.
Between assessments, friends, family, working, dating, exercising, eating, stressing (…), and the multitude of other things going on in our lives, we can easily forget to take care of our health.
It’s not your fault. During the whirlwind that was Orientation – meeting your peers, hitting the water park, sussing out the best coffee joints – you probably didn’t think to write down every single piece of info coming at you.
Every exciting journey begins with a less-than-exciting packing list. I half-excitedly, half-anxiously recall packing my bags in preparation for the flight, uncertain of what lay ahead, and I cannot emphasise enough how much smoother the journey to Newcastle will be if you do some planning before you pack.